As VinePair lovingly reported last week, beer and metal are intrinsically linked. Brewers and bands have been teaming up to create righteous brews together for decades, from the extreme to the sessionable. The latest is between Def Leppard and Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, reports Billboard.
Def Leppard Pale will be available this summer starting May 23, kicking off with the Def Leppard/Journey co-headling tour running May 21 to October 7. The beer is an English-American mashup, melding a British-inspired malt body and an emphasis on Northwestern U.S. hops.
The collaboration combines big names in both industries: Def Leppard has been credited as a leader in new wave British heavy metal since the 1970s; while Elysian Brewing has been backed by the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, since 2015.
“We had the idea here that the beer should celebrate something of the band and something of us,” Elysian CEO and co-founder, Joe Bisacca told Billboard. “The best of British beer is the malt body and that beautiful malt balance. And the best thing about American beer is the citrus, piney hops. So we’ve taken those two aspects, put them together and come up with a beer you can actually drink a few of – 6 percent ABV you can drink all night long.”
Def Leppard singer, Joe Elliott, is an authentic fan of the collaboration as well. “It tastes great – that’s the most important thing I can tell you. I would pass on doing an interview about this if I didn’t like it.” He continued, “We’re not going to drink it just because we put our name on it. I don’t walk around wearing our fucking t-shirt.”
Right on, Elliott.